Greek lamb chops with lemon yogurt sauce! Did the name itself make your mouth water as it did mine? Lamb is a gift from God himself and once prepared properly, can provide us with much more than just a satisfied palate, but a range of nutrients for our body. With this recipe, you will love lamb and introduce it to your diet more frequently if it is not already a part of it. Even your kids will love it. This very simple but profound recipe will help you create a succulent meal very quickly and easily.
Lamb is usually a preferred type of meat because of its versatility; lamb can be baked, grilled, stewed or prepared in many different ways. For this recipe, we baked our lamb but there is also an option for it to also be grilled. Whichever method you choose to use, ensure that your meat is being seared in the proper manner; this builds flavor and adds texture. Searing is a process where meat is caramelized and forms a brown crust because it is cooked at high heat. Searing would give your lamb flavor that will make mouths water!
Lamb is not as fatty as beef is. A lot of the fat that lamb has is located on it outsides and therefore, can be easily trimmed. Most of the fat contained in lamb is unsaturated which means that it contains high proportions of fatty acid molecules. However most of the fat are not only unsaturated but also monounsaturated, and hence is considered as healthy fat.
This meat contains good fat and is a part of omega-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid (AA), which is liquid unsaturated acid that is needed by the body. In a possible three (3) ounce serving, the lamb would contain approximately 175 calories which is about seven percent (7%) of the required daily recommended calorie intake for a grown man (the recommended amount is 2500 calories).
Lamb is very rich in iron and is a high-quality protein source. It also contains all five essential amino acids for proper growth and maintenance within the body. The average serving portion of lamb would provide approximately twenty percent 20% of Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) intake for men and twelve percent (12%) for women.
In this recipe, the lamb is marinated and cooked to a slab of tender deliciousness and paired with the lemon, Greek sauce, it is now a very flavorful dish. With this recipe, I know that you would enjoy this type of lamb preparation. It definitely changed my ideas about lamb and I am sure it would do so for you as well. Lamb will always be on your shopping list after you try this. Do enjoy!
Greek Lamb Chops with Lemon Yogurt Sauce
- For The Lamb Chops:
- 12 lamb loin chops
- ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Squeezed lemon juice one lemon
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary or tarragon
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped oregano
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- Salt and pepper
- Basil or cilantro for garnish
- For The Lemon Yogurt Sauce;
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Black pepper
- Sprinkle of chili pepper
- Sprinkle of cumin
- Lamb Chops:
- Create a marinating sauce for the lamb chops by combining the vegetable oil, lemon juice, rosemary, thyme, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix ingredients well until a thick paste is formed. Place lamb chops into the mixture and allow to marinate for at least two (2) hours, overnight will be best.
- Once marinated, add lamb chops into a heated oven safe-pan with two (2) tablespoons of vegetable oil. Allow lamb chops to cook for approximately three (3) minutes or until they are brown on both sides.
- Place the pan into a preheated oven at 400F and cook for ten (10) minutes.
- If Grilling:
- Place lamb chops on grill and allow each side to cook for five (5) minutes on medium heat.
- Garnish cooked lamb chops with basil or cilantro and a side of yogurt sauce.
- Yogurt Sauce:
- Combine yogurt, lemon juice, black pepper, chili pepper and cumin and mix into a thick paste.
- Serve chilled.